What makes a restaurant kid-friendly? We considered several aspects: diaper-changing stations, clean restrooms, friendly staff, several options on the kids’ menu, activities for kids (beyond crayons and paper), a fun atmosphere, and/or a welcoming environment. While not all restaurants included in this list check each and every one of the kid-friendly boxes, they do offer a kid-friendly experience that is above par, meeting at least three of the standards listed above.
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ate1seven (Weatherford) :: This cozy restaurant offers delicious twists on market tastes, such as meatloaf burgers and french onion soup. There’s a great, fenced space outside for kiddos and a boardwalk nearby to walk across Lake Weatherford.
Babe’s (multiple locations including Burleson, Arlington, and Roanoke) :: Babe’s serves food family style, and it’s just like eating at home. We can all brush up on our “please and thank yous” at Babe’s while enjoying a nice time out with the family.
BJ’s Brewhouse (multiple locations in Fort Worth, Hurst, Arlington, Southlake, and Denton) :: Delicious adult beverages for adults. Yummy food and TV for the kids. It’s a win-win!
Brewed (Fort Worth) :: Come to the locals’ living room for craft coffee, local beer, and amazing food!
Corner Bakery (multiple locations) :: This is a wonderful place to grab a sandwich for the kiddos and an extra large coffee for the mamas and pops out there.
Dixie House Cafe (three locations in Fort Worth) :: Made-from-scratch recipes such as hand-battered chicken fried steak or chicken, meatloaf, roast beef, mashed potatoes, and desserts.
Lazy Dog Restaurant (Euless) :: Great patio and friendly for the whole family — even the dogs!
Old Neighborhood Grill (Fort Worth) :: Walk into a blast from the past, and grab a yummy meal at this Fort Worth diner.
Old West Cafe (Arlington, Grapevine, and Bedford) :: You have to get here early to beat the brunch crowd, but if you have to wait . . . it’s worth it! The food is delish, and the littles will love it. Ask for the kids menu (it’s a coloring page!), crayons, and then let the kids go to town!
Spiral Diner & Bakery (Fort Worth) :: Serving vegan comfort food since 2002.
The Station Patio Icehouse (Keller) :: With a backyard patio atmosphere, this will be the perfect place to have dinner when the weather is nice.
Swiss Pastry Shop (Fort Worth) :: Delicious food for breakfast and lunch with decadent desserts to top it off!
Another Broken Egg (Southlake) :: Kid-friendly menu, great bar with breakfast drinks — and it’s right in front of bicentennial park!
Bacon’s Bistro & Cafe (Hurst) :: You and your family will feel right at home at Bacon’s Bistro & Cafe. Its clean and cozy environment feels welcoming for all!
The Beacon Cafe (Fort Worth) :: This friendly, unpretentious little cafe is all about the basics — but it does the basics very well! Located right off an airfield runway so your kiddos can watch airplanes take off and land!
Breadwinners Cafe (Fort Worth and Trophy Club) :: Amazing food for the whole family and a friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
First Watch (Arlington, Fort Worth and North Richland Hills) :: With an extensive kids’ menu and a whole host of healthier options in addition to the breakfast, brunch, and lunch comfort food classics, this place is sure to please.
Hurley House (Fort Worth) :: What started as a dream in a kitchen has turned into a neighborhood bakery and catering showstopper! Hurley House offers treats, coffee, lunch, classes, catering, and so much more. And a drive thru to top it all off!
Main Street Cafe (Keller) :: Great spot for breakfast and brunch with family and friends.
Ol’ South Pancake House (Fort Worth) :: Come one, come all! Pancakes all day, everyday, and open 24 hours!
The Original Pancake House (Fort Worth) :: Started in 1953 in Portland, Oregon, this breakfast spot knows how to serve you and your family the very best.
Paris Coffee Shop (Fort Worth) :: This Fort Worth staple has served home cooking since 1926. Grab a seat, become part of the family, and don’t forget to take a slice of deee-li-cious pie to go!
Seven Mile Cafe (Keller) :: Great menu, casual atmosphere, outside seating, and a giant outdoor chess/checker game to entertain the kiddos.
Snooty Pig Cafe (Alliance, Argyle, and Grapevine) :: Great breakfast at great prices! This is the perfect place to take the family for good food on a budget.
Snooze (Fort Worth) :: Visit this bright and fun breakfast spot for a full (or half) portion of your fave. Avoid the weekends with small children as the wait can be long, but they do give you complimentary coffee to ease the pain.
Sunny Street Cafe (North Richland Hills, Haltom City, Roanoke, and Weatherford) :: Pancakes bigger than your face. Enough said.
Vickery Cafe (Downtown Fort Worth) :: Think ’50s style decor with the most mouth-watering waffles in the shape of Texas!
Angelo’s BBQ (Fort Worth) :: The outside may not look like much, but the inside is filled with the amazing smell of barbecue that has been around for 60+ years!
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Fort Worth Stockyards) :: Best of the best in the barbecue business and home of the original world famous “Big Chop.”
Cousins Bar-B-Que (Crowley, Grapevine, and multiple locations in Fort Worth) :: You’ll feel at home in any of the family-owned restaurants, where they’ve been cooking up real “low and slow” Texas barbecue in the Fort Worth area since 1983.
Hard Eight BBQ (Burleson, Coppell, and Roanoke) :: Family-dining style seating with lots of space to spread out and live music to entertain everyone.
Heim Barbecue (now TWO locations in Fort Worth) :: Perfecting traditional Texas style barbecue, where the flavor speaks for itself.
Panther City BBQ (Fort Worth) :: Providing lunch and dinner, this hip BBQ joint features plates, salads, sandwiches, and more. It is outdoor, covered dining, so that keep in mind.
Poor Daddy’s Smokehouse (North Richland Hills) :: Get here early for Friday night dinner. This place sells out fast!
Railhead Smokehouse (Fort Worth) :: With a devoted local following and famous t-shirts, Railhead Smokehouse offers a spectacular menu of heaping plates of ribs, sliced beef, fries, and cheddar peppers.
Riscky’s Barbecue (eight area locations) :: A legend in Texas barbecue since 1927.
Shady Oak Barbeque (Fort Worth) :: Great Texas barbeque in a barn; sounds like a winner to us!
Spring Creek BBQ (multiple DFW locations) :: Great food, FREE rolls, cafeteria-style service and huge supporters of local schools.
Woodshed Smokehouse (Fort Worth) :: Chef Tim Love pays homage to all things grilled, roasted, and slow-cooked in an awesome indoor/outdoor location on the Trinity River.
Edelweiss German Restaurant (Fort Worth) :: Enjoy German cuisine, live accordion music, and a chance to do the chicken dance!
Fattoush (Arlington) :: This place is known for a delicious Mediterranean menu, but also includes an Americanized kids’ menu. Be sure to sit in one of the corner “booths” where you can sit on the floor.
Japanese Palace (Fort Worth) :: Want a fancier night out with the family? Hibachi is always entertaining, and they have light-up ice cubes for the kids’ drinks!
King Tut Egyptian Restaurant (Fort Worth) :: Treat your kids’ taste buds to authentic Egyptian dishes that are both approachable and affordable. (Don’t worry — there are burgers and fries for your picky eaters, too!)
Little Germany (Fort Worth) :: Introduce the kiddos to a new cuisine! This German food is the best.
Luna Grill (multiple DFW locations) :: Good kids menu and a great Mediterranean meal without a long wait.
Mr. Hibachi (Arlington) :: The authentic hibachi chef not only entertains the whole family with his culinary tricks, but also creates a delicious multi-course meal right before your eyes!
Pei Wei (multiple DFW locations) :: Great food for adults and one of the best (and cheapest) kids menus around.
Pho Duy (Colleyville) :: Great Vietnamese cuisine at affordable prices make this a family favorite.
Sushi Axoim (North Richland Hills) :: Great sushi and hibachi! You can have either or both! While you wait, you can check out the patio complete with mini golf!
Tandoor Indian Restaurant (Arlington) :: Gourmet Indian cuisine at affordable prices, served up in the heart of Arlington since 1985. The eclectic ambience, newly remodeled dining room, and window into the kitchen are sure to delight diners of all ages. Oh, and did we mention lunch buffet?
Thai Select (Fort Worth) :: Try bright, fresh, Thai flavors (and customizable heat level) at the flagship location of this acclaimed local chain. Their kids’ menu boasts some kid-approved versions of popular dishes.
Alliance Town Center – Food Truck Fridays (Fort Worth) :: Plenty of room to sit and let kids run around, close to shops, and a movie theater.
Friday on the Green (Fort Worth) :: Enjoy TONS of food trucks at this amazing family-friendly monthly concert event. Occurs once a month, April – October, and free for the whole family!
The Beignet Bus (Fort Worth) :: Who doesn’t love beignets?? Here, they are served up in sweet and savory options. Follow its Facebook page to find out where the bus is.
Chapps Burgers (Arlington, Grand Prairie, Keller, and North Richland Hills) :: Family-owned and -operated with an amazing secret sauce! And chicken tenders your kids will be talking about for days!
Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers (Fort Worth) :: Located on Old Granbury Road, this is a true diamond in the rough. Great burgers and fries with indoor and outdoor seating.
Dutch’s Hamburgers (Fort Worth) :: Located right in the heart of TCU country, these amazing burgers come with equally amazing buns!
Grumps Burgers (Burleson and Granbury) :: Don’t let the name fool you. Grumps is a family-owned and -operated burger joint that offers great food, great service, and catering!
Grub Burger Bar (Fort Worth) :: Bring the kiddos for a great kids menu, awesome happy hour for the adults, and an amazing patio with a play area for the kids.
Hopdaddy Burger Bar (multiple DFW locations) :: Handmade buns and patties make this burger spot totally genuine.
Jake’s Burgers and Beer (multiple DFW locations) :: A Texas tradition since 1985, this spot is sure to please even the pickiest burger eater.
Kincaid’s Hamburgers (Fort Worth, Southlake, Arlington, and Weatherford) :: Established in 1946, this is the place “where friends meet to eat!”
Liberty Burger (Fort Worth) :: Along with great-tasting burgers, you will find healthier options and some yummy shakes.
MOOYAH Burgers (Arlington, Burleson, Mansfield, and North Richland Hills) :: Build-your-own-burger bar and delicious milk shakes will make for a good time with the kids!
Rodeo Goat (Fort Worth) :: Award-winning burgers and an awesome patio for kid entertainment. Win-win!
Shaw’s Patio Bar & Grill (Fort Worth) :: Two outdoor patios, full bar, and a yummy kids’ menu makes this a family go-to burger spot.
Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill (Granbury) :: Great lakeside atmosphere with an attached bakery!
Tom’s Burgers & Grill (Arlington) :: A classic ‘50s diner, with a foodie spin, but still serving burgers, floats, and pecan pies.
Tommy’s Hamburger Grill (three Fort Worth location) :: Award winning hamburgers in a laid back, comfy atmosphere equals the perfect family spot!
Twisted Root Burger Co. (Arlington, Bedford, and Mansfield) :: A flip-flop and baseball cap burger joint where the locals know the only thing taken seriously is the food!
Benito’s Mexican Cuisine (Fort Worth) :: This Fort Worth staple offers the whole family authentic Mexican food.
Blue Mesa (Arlington and Fort Worth) :: Southwestern grill with amazing black bean salsa!
Chuy’s (Arlington and Fort Worth) :: Bright colors, upbeat music, and a great patio! The Chuy’s located in the cultural district is next door to a Tiff’s Treats and across the street from a park. Dessert and exercise. WIN-WIN!
Esperanza’s Bakery & Cafe (Fort Worth) :: Think baby sister of Joe T. Garcia’s! Make sure to swing by the attached bakery after dinner and let the kiddos pick out some pan dulce for the next morning’s breakfast.
Frezko Taco Spot (Southlake) :: Authentic food with fresh ingredients and a great patio for lunch or dinner.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (multiple DFW locations) :: Tacos, I mean enough said — right?! The bright colors of the restaurant immediately give an atmosphere of fun for the whole family.
Joe T. Garcia’s (Fort Worth) :: Hands down THE BEST patio in Fort Worth!
Los Molcajetes (Forth Worth, Mansfield, and Roanoke) :: Serving traditional Mexican food since 1999.
Los Vaqueros (Fort Worth and Weatherford) :: Delicious Tex-Mex served by friendly people.
Rusty Taco (mulitple DFW locations) :: Yummy tacos, great patio, and friendly service who give back to local elementary schools.
Taco Diner (Fort Worth) :: Along with delicious Mexican dishes, the mango water is a must-have!
Uncle Julio’s (Fort Worth and Grapevine) :: Great fajitas and a chocolate piñata for dessert!
Yucatan Taco Stand (Fort Worth) :: Head down Magnolia Avenue and look for the red umbrellas!
Cane Rosso (Fort Worth) :: Fancy Italian pizza in a laid-back atmosphere. Your kids will love watching the pizzas cooked in less than 90 seconds, and will gobble up the s’mores calzone for dessert.
Fireside Pies (Fort Worth and Grapevine) :: Pizza pies made in hot, wood-fired ovens are sure to delight kid and adult appetites.
Mama’s Pizza (Arlington, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, and Mansfield) :: Hello wonderfully priced, all-you-can-eat lunch buffet!
Mellow Mushroom (Arlington, Southlake, and Denton) :: Beer, pizza, funky decor, and trivia nights that are fun for the whole family.
Olivella’s (Fort Worth) :: Very family-friendly with a great menu and fun patio/sun porch area.
Palio’s Pizza Cafe (28 locations across DFW) :: Pizza crust made from scratch every morning and a great family atmosphere. Don’t forget, parents, that it’s BYOB.
Parker County Brewing Company (Willow Park) :: A great spot for fire-grilled pizza, with a fun outdoor space for kids to play!
Pie Five (Arlington, Fort Worth, Euless, Keller, and Southlake) :: Do you want to get out of the house with the kiddos but don’t know if you can handle a sit-down restaurant? Try out Pie Five! You build your own pizza at the pizza bar, pay at the register, and get your pizzas right there. You can eat at the restaurant or get it to go.
The Pizza Bistro (Fort Worth) :: An amazing buffet of pizza, a vegetarian’s dream salad bar, desserts, and ice cream. They have an open and fun atmosphere with arcade games and a coloring table for the kids.
Pizza Snob (Fort Worth and Denton) :: Nothing snobby about this place. Think Subway, but for pizza!
Boo-Rays of New Orleans (Fort Worth and Hudson Oaks) :: Cajun-style cuisine where kids eat FREE on Monday and Tuesdays!
Flying Fish (Fort Worth and Arlington) :: The Flying Fish is a “fast-casual” format with NO tipping expected! Offering “kid boat” sizes and a chance for them to display their catch on the picture wall.
Kona Grill (Fort Worth) :: For the sushi-loving children (yes, they DO exist), Kona Grill is the place to go!
Razzoo’s (Arlington and Fort Worth) :: Crazy decor to enjoy with Cajun cuisine!
Zeke’s Fish and Chips (Fort Worth) :: Serving Fort Worth for more than 45 years, this is a great place to enjoy seafood in a casual atmosphere.